The Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) wants the government to consider piloting the double-intake system before a full implementation in the 400 selected secondary schools.
According, the CCG believes implementing the programme on a large scale in September this year will be fraught with challenges.
Speaking at the 2018 Synod of the Global Evangelical Church in Accra, General Secretary Cyril Fayose said piloting the project, in the beginning, will be ideal.
“The council would have wished that the programme or the project would have been piloted first before a full-blown implementation. We admonish the politic to be objectivity in such matters of National Interest. Our decision should move towards national interest and future of the Ghanaian youth,” he said.
Former President John Mahama has called for a national consultation to build consensus on a sustainable framework for the implementation of government’s Free Senior High School policy.
According to Mr. Mahama, the mode of implementation for the Free SHS on an ad-hoc basis is improper.
Former President Mahama has also asked Akufo-Addo government to consult widely before a full implementation of double-intake policy. .
How the new system will work
This new system will run in all the categories A and B senior high schools in the country.
The new programme creates a calendar of two semesters in a year for the SHS 1 class, containing 81 days per each semester and 41 days of vacation for a sandwich class.
Over 8,000 teachers are being recruited to handle the sandwich classes, so teachers are not be deprived of their holidays.
Under the new system, teaching hours are increased from six hours per day to eight hours per day.
Teaching hours are expected to increase from 1,080 hours per year under the current single-track system, to 1,134 hours per year under the proposed double-track system.
The new system is expected to cost GH₵323 million to implement fully.